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Industry Awards Go To Three In South

December 31, 2008 03:32 PM

Three of Racquet Sports Industry magazine’s eighth annual Champions of Tennis Awards have been bestowed on Southerners in USTA Southern.

PTR Member of the Year: Jorge Andrew, Lexington County, S.C.
Andrew will also be honored with the USTA Southern Public Relations QuickStart Award at the section’s annual meeting in January.

Andrew, director of operations at the 21-court Lexington County Tennis Complex, was ranked No. 61 in the world in singles and No. 69 in doubles during his 10-year pro career and represented Venezuela as Davis Cup captain and player.

In 1991, Andrew was named PTR Pro Of The Year and in 2006 he was named USPTA Southern Professional Of The Year. He was honored as the 2003 “USPTA South Carolina Pro Of The Year” and “PTR South Carolina Pro Of The Year”.

Currently, he serves as vice-president of USTA South Carolina. Jorge is the Chairman of the CARDIO TENNIS National Speakers Team and is a member of the Head/Penn National Advisory Staff.

He has taught hundreds of pros and volunteers in a several dozen QuickStart and Recreation Coach Workshops across the country, in rural areas, big cities and at national conventions (USPTA World Conference, PTR International Symposium, USTA National Staff Training, etc.) Andrew is a member of the USTA Southern’s Adult/Senion Recreation Programs committee and the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Committee.

Public Park of the Year: Roswell (Ga.) Park & Rec
Teams out of this Atlanta suburb have had an outstanding record of sending men’s teams to USTA League National Championships. In 2008 the 3.0 and 3.5 senior men’s teams from Roswell Park captured the national titles at the USTA League presented by Chrysler National Championships. The 3.5 team captained by Jim Meidl also won the national crown in 2006 and placed third in 2000. Don Neimas is the captain of the 3.0 team.

Tennis Sales Rep of the Year: Jim Haneklau, Wilson Sporting Goods, Atlanta

In another award, Dave Haggerty, incoming USTA vice president, the chief executive officer of Head USA and president of Penn Racquet Sports, has been named Person of the Year. “Dave Haggerty’s decades-long passion for and dedication to tennis has brought this sport to new heights,” says Peter Francesconi, the editorial director for RSI magazine, the world’s largest trade magazine devoted to tennis and other racquet sports. “With his solid roots in tennis, Dave has been an inspiration to many in this industry and a catalyst for significant growth in this sport.”

The awards were announced in the magazine's January issue.




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